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2016 Reprint of 1949 version. components in a single quantity. complete facsimile of the unique variation, now not reproduced with Optical acceptance software program. the 1st significant American yellow fever epidemic hit Philadelphia in July 1793 and peaked through the first weeks of October. Philadelphia, then the nation's capital, was once the main cosmopolitan urban within the usa. thousand unfastened blacks lived there, in addition to many fresh white French-speaking arrivals from the colony of Santo Domingo, who have been fleeing from a slave uprising. significant progressive political figures lived there, and within the first week of September, Thomas Jefferson wrote to James Madison that everybody who might break out the town used to be doing so. The epidemic depopulated Philadelphia: 5,000 out of a inhabitants of 45,000 died, and chronicler Mathew Carey envisioned that one other 17,000 fled. during this mental portrait of a urban in terror, J. H. Powell offers a penetrating learn of human nature revealing itself. "Bring Out Your useless" is an soaking up account, shape the unique resources, of an notorious tragedy that left its mark on all it touched.

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Philadelphia was a new and fresh experience for the refugees; so were they for Philadelphia. Their insouciance, their cleverness in occupations, their street games and songs, their ready adjustment, their avid participation in the cock fighting, rope dancing, gambling, taverns, theatres, and alehouses of Philadelphia contributed to give the city, in spite of the heat and drought, what the Reverend J. Henry C. " It was a strange year. Infection in Water Street AUGUST 1-24 There was somethmg however, in the state of the atmosphere in the city, or in the constitution of the inhabitants, peculiarly favorable to the operation of the contagion.

Almost afraid to let the Doctor approach with his infected, vinegar-soaked clothes, Biddle nevertheless admitted him to his parlor. 29 30 Bring Out Your Dead Hutchinson's three days of enquiring had taught him much. He no longer scoffed at Rush's warnings, but said plainly to both his friends that there was a dangerous fever in town and they had best leave it. Then, taking Biddle aside where his wife could not hear, the large, kindly Doctor added that he had never seen anything so alarming, and urged Biddle to depart at once.

They met on a grim business. Engaging, active, pious Catherine LeMaigre, thirty-three years old, was desperately ill. She complained of a great heat burning in her stomach, she vomited constantly a black bile, she gasped and sighed. The doctors conferred, but they could do nothing. Cathy LeMaigre was dying most horribly, in the same manner Peter Aston and Mrs. Shewell and the others had died. It was a formidable thought. As the three sobered men left her chamber, they paused for deliberation. Rush gravely remarked that he had seen "an unusual number of bilious fevers, accompanied with symptoms of uncommon malignity" lately.

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